When it rains, it drains

Dr. Brad Putman: I've been involved in the Aiken Green Infrastructure project for the last couple of years and what we are doing there is trying to reduce the impact of stormwater on the city of Aiken and especially on the erosion that is happening in the Sand River. To do this, we have been using bio-retention cells and porous pavements as a way to promote natural infiltration of stormwater, as opposed to using the infrastructure that we currently have in place, which just takes it out into the Sand River.

We have also been using the Intelligent River network to display all of the monitoring and the functionality of these systems to educate the public as well as for us to learn how to make these systems better so we can expand this into larger systems in the state of South Carolina as well as on a national scale.